- Associated Press - Friday, December 16, 2016

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Attorneys in Lawrence are proposing a local ordinance that aims to combat human-trafficking operations disguised as massage parlors.

The Lawrence Journal-World (https://bit.ly/2hAqBlA ) reports the ordinance was drafted at the urging of the Lawrence Police Department. The city has about 50 massage businesses. Kansas doesn’t require licenses or background checks for the businesses to operate.

Two people were convicted last year of human trafficking at their massage parlor in Lawrence.

Assistant city attorney Maria Garcia says the first draft of the ordinance has provisions on a licensing and permitting process, application and fees, and education or training requirements. Garcia says they’re also considering having inspections.

City staff is working to gather feedback on the draft ordinance from local massage businesses.

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Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, https://www.ljworld.com

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